HOLDEN’S CAPTIVA AUDIENCE
MAYBE it’s just me, but Holden’s Captiva range is starting to look better with age.
While the price of traditional foe the Hyundai Santa Fe has crept up a notch, Holden has managed to keep a tight rein on Captiva prices.
In fact they were cut by up to $2500 recently which, combined with other improvements, continue to make Captiva great value for money.
The five-seat Captiva is priced from $25,990 or the seven-seat model from $29,990. Our test car, the top of the range seven-seat all-wheel drive LTZ diesel, comes in at $40,990 – $2500 less than it used to be.
Along with a price cut Holden has also renamed the grades, with LS, LT and LTZ replacing SX, CX and LX.
The LTZ comes with all the fruit including leather and climate air, heated front seats, eight-way power adjust driver’s seat, keyless entry and start, cruise control, electric parking brake, auto lights and interior mirror (but not wipers), seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, satellite navigation and 8speaker audio with USB and AUX inputs.
Captiva has received a design touchup. Styling changes include a restyled front fascia and grille, while the rear has also been updated with redesigned chrome exhaust tips and new LED taillights.
Both Captiva 7 LT and LTZ have new integrated side steps, while the LT has new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Driver convenience is enhanced on all Captiva 7 models with the introduction of sensor key technology, with passive entry and start as a standard feature.
The 2.2-litre turbo diesel produces 135kW and 400Nm, the latter from 2000 revs, and the diesel is paired with a sixspeed automatic that provides the option to change gears manually if desired.
Good to see the engine features a timing chain rather than a fibre belt which contributes to lower maintenance costs.
The all-wheel drive system functions in front-wheel drive mode most of the time.
As soon as the system detects a loss of traction, the rear wheels come into play via an electronically controlled clutch to ensure optimum traction.
The LTZ rolls on 19-inch alloys with 235/50 series rubber.
Rated at 8.3 litres/100km, we were getting 8.5 litres/100km after more than 500km. It gets five stars for safety. Six airbags are standard, along with Electronic Traction and Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Active Rollover Protection (ARP) and Descent Control System (DCS).
Front and rear park sensors are also standard along with a reverse camera.
You still get navigation with a digital speedometer and speed warnings, but your current speed is displayed in the right hand corner of the computer screen rather than in the middle of the dash.
There’s no spare wheel. Get a flat and you’re stuck with a can of goo and reinflation kit.
The Captiva 7 LTZ seats seven and does everything you need for an attractive price.